Steampunk

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Architects

SoomeenHahm Design
Igor Pantic
Fologram

Project team

Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic, Gwyllim Jahn, Cam Newnham, Nick van den Berg, Hanjun Kim, Kiheung Kwon, Eri Sumitomo, Katerina Konstantinidou, Jakub Klaska

Interior Design

Landscape

Engineering

Format Engineers

Competition & Awards

Open, 2019, 1st prize

Location

Ahtri 2, Tallinn 10151

Size

Status

Completed, 2019

Client

Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019

Photos

Tõnu Tunnel

Typology

Sustainability, Landscape and Urban Planning, Installations, Wood

Tags

Tallinn city centre, Wooden construction

Steampunk is the winning proposal of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019 Installation Competition that took place from October 2018 to February 2019. The open two-staged competition raised a wide international interest with 137 portfolios being submitted for the first round.

The competition challenged participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation, making innovative use of the fabrication capacities with the Estonian wooden house manufacturers. The aim is to promote synergy between emerging designers and industry. The brief asked participants to design and build a modern day wooden “primitive hut”, an installation that researches fundamental, primordial notions of construction, tectonics and dwelling.

The site for the installation is the area in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn city center. As usual the installation is displayed until the next biennale.

Steampunk is a proposal for a pavilion made of steam-bent timber elements, using analogue tools augmented with the precision of mixed reality environments. It explores an adaptive design and fabrication system that is resilient to wide tolerances in material behavior and fabrication accuracy, occupying a fuzzy in-between that is neither purely ad-hoc nor purely automated. Steampunk explores a path to rethink applications and traditions of craft in pursuit of their evolution.